Hailing from New Orleans, Tamika Reed came to Montgomery in 2006. She’s making her mark on the capital city, first as an attorney, now as a team member at The Frazer Lanier Company and as partner and wife to Mayor Steven L. Reed.
What are your primary responsibilities at The Frazer Lanier Company? I engage in all aspects of municipal bond transactions for institutions throughout the Southeastern region. The Frazier Lanier Company continues to lead the market in underwriting transactions in the state of Alabama for another consecutive year.
What’s your favorite aspect of your work? I enjoy developing new relationships and providing financial avenues through which entities can accomplish their established goals.
What is your impression of the environment for women in business in the River Region? I believe the River Region is on a good path regarding its quest to increase the number of women in positions of power and influence. However, more attention and emphasis are needed to dispel the stigma that women’s family roles are somehow different than men’s, which can prohibit women from maintaining a stable, healthy work/life balance. This can be accomplished by providing support and consideration for women’s needs (i.e. flexibility) in order to facilitate faster career growth.
What are your priorities and goals as the mayor’s wife? My top priorities and goals as the mayor’s wife encompass building a physically fit, productive environment available to our entire community. My health and wellness initiative is expanding and obtaining drastic growth. Attendance and active participation are exceeding my expectations. I also intend to create a women’s empowerment movement designed to enhance young professional females’ perceptions of self worth and social networking skills. Finally, plans are forthcoming to engage Montgomery’s children in order to produce determined, productive citizens of whom our city will be proud.
What are your interests outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, running and traveling.
“I am confident the skills and experiences I obtained as a practicing attorney over 12 years influenced my decision to embark upon a career in a male-dominated business that I undoubtedly would not have otherwise considered.”